About the Author
I’m a Derbyshire ‘girl’, born and raised in the county, and I have always lived and worked here. I started life in Newbold where I attended the Church school and then progressed to St. Helena Girls’ High School in Chesterfield.
If I had been told that I would one day have a book published, I would have thought the suggestion was ridiculous. I write in rhyme and wonder whether that originated from my love of ‘Rupert’ books as a child when I only ever read the rhyming couplets beneath the pictures, never the full story!
I had written a few rhymes for friends who were celebrating special occasions in their lives but then the idea came to attempt a children’s story.
‘Alfie’ my cat had his own tale to tell…
That’s when the unexpected happened.
Everyone liked ‘Alfie’s Story’ and suddenly it became a challenge to see how far I could take him.
Purely by chance, I met artist, Liz Furness, and she was keen to add her imagination and beautiful illustrations to the story.
One of her imaginings was to introduce pictures of a mouse into “Alfie’s Story” and so I decided that the mouse needed a story of his own! “Fearless Flynn” was born… though his name came from a competition I ran across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 7-year-old Matthew from a primary school in Nottingham came up with the name “Flynn”.
My first two books sold well in a number of local outlets, one of which was the gift shop at Cromford Mill near Matlock, Derbyshire. As a result, the Arkwright Society (charged with the upkeep and renovation of Richard Arkwright’s mill) commissioned me to write a story for their mascot – Arkwright the Duck.
My fourth book, like “Alfie”, is another true story about three kittens – Milly, Molly and Maisy – whom I adopted from the animal welfare shelter in Ashbourne, just before Christmas.
When I started this adventure in 2014, I could never have imagined that three years later, in December 2017, I would have sold 6,500 books. Thank you ever so much to all my readers – young and old!